Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt now up for pre-orderBy Shawn Knight 7 comments
The home automation bandwagon just rolled through town delivering the latest bit of hi-tech kit. Kwikset's upcoming Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt known as the Kevo is now available for pre-order which promises to work seamlessly with your smartphone to lock and unlock your door with a simple touch.
It all works via Bluetooth 4.0 LE technology which pairs up with an app for your handset. Apps currently exist for iPhone 4S and 5, fifth generation iPod touch as well as the third generation or higher iPad and iPad mini. Apps for Android and BlackBerry are currently underway, the company said in a press release on the matter.
The hardware will be available in three different finishes: satin nickel, venetian bronze and polished brass to more closely match your home / door décor. The lock is powered by four AA batteries which are included in the retail bundle alongside two regular mechanical keys, a key fob and two eKeys for your smartphone. The company claims the batteries should last for up to one year of normal use.
What's more, Kevo claims to be able to unlock your door without even having to pull out your smartphone. Once the phone is within range of the lock, all you have to do is touch your finger to the Kevo to unlock it and gain entry.
You'll need to shell out $219 to get started which might be a bit difficult for some to swallow. Either way, we're told the Kevo will be shipping to new owners come September.